nihil obstat

noun

nihil ob·​stat
-ˈäbzˌtat,
-bˌst-
1
: the certification by an official censor of the Roman Catholic Church that a book has been examined and found to contain nothing opposed to faith and morals
2
: authoritative or official approval
the surest road to fame was … through the imprimatur and nihil obstat of a foreign criticP. H. Odegard

Word History

Etymology

Latin, nothing hinders

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“Nihil obstat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nihil%20obstat. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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